Nutrition

Every person has the right to be adequately nourished.

We believe that addressing the cyclical nature of hunger and the barriers to dependable access to good nutrition for babies, children and families is fundamental to community well-being and potential.

 

Too many families struggle every day to feed their children – something, anything, let alone a nutritious meal. We know the stress that these families endure on daily basis and that is why all of our programs support the fundamental goal of ending chronic hunger and resolving food insecurity for the long term.

 

Our nutrition specific interventions involve a multi-phased approach that starts with immediate provision of food and nutritional training and gradually moves towards increased home and local food production. This approach involves every level of the community – leadership, teachers, parents, and children as well as our own staff, partners and external experts. On a daily basis, households, communities, orphanages, and schools take responsibility for maintaining and executing meal programs and caring for their gardens. The unwavering commitment of so many people is helping us to accomplish zero hunger and increase access to nutritious food.

 

  • School-aged Feeding: Improves health, school enrollment, attendance, academic performance and gender equity.
  • Infant and Toddler Feeding: Adequate nutrition in the earliest years of a child’s life prevents stunted growth, chronic illness and is vital for healthy social and cognitive development.
  • Nutritional Training for Caregivers: Increases a caregivers’ commitment, knowledge, and ability to adequately provide for the nutritional needs of her children.
  • Organic Home Gardens: Growing produce at home increases a woman’s ability to provide for her family and also helps diversify the family diet with healthy, nutrient rich fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Local Food Procurement: Sourcing food locally supports eventual community and family self-sufficiency by strengthening the market for small local farmers and creating the potential for new job opportunities locally and beyond.

Did you know?

Hunger afflicts 815 million people. (World Food Programme)

HRI IS ON THE GROUND NOW IN HAITI AND GUATEMALA.

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